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Innova Kitchens and Baths opens integrated Green Showroom Design

When Innova Kitchens and Baths decided that it was time to move their showroom into the upscale Dunbar / Kerrisdale area of Vancouver, the challenge was to create a showroom which would demonstrate more functionality, incorporate green finishes, include an entire office, and do so in a smaller, more efficient, and greener space.

With only about 500 square feet of functional space that could be dedicated to the showroom / design centre, this might have appeared as an impossibility to many. However, with design skills earned by years in the industry, owner’s Paul Coker and Lee Stergios set about doing just that. As they do for clients project, Paul and Lee first started with a litany of requirements for both a state-of-the-art showroom as well as an efficient design office. Then began the arduous task of creating and critiquing numerous designs looking at everything from form and functionality, to design aesthetic and finishes.

For example, Innova’s flagship display in a stunning African Mahogany demonstrates kitchen cabinetry functionality such as pantry metal pull-out systems, a metal tambour appliance garage, custom Wine X, top lit cabinet boxes with energy efficient LED pucklighting, bi-fold and pockets doors, not to mention a magic corner, recycle pull-out, garbage and cleaner storage, as well as soft-close door and drawers. The real magic of this display comes to life when one realizes that this kitchen display integrates Innova’s new computer server and networking hardware, new greener laser printer/copier/fax machine with double sided printing, as well as their full colour CAD printer.

The showroom design centre also displays an armoire that doubles as Innova’s catalog library, a modern second kitchen display in an environmentally green contemporary Maple Stria that demonstrates three types of cabinet door lifts and multiple drawer styles and solutions, a display island that houses two desk stations and an integrated presentation space, an antique style hutch display that holds wood finish samples, and a display that houses door samples as well as serving as a station for fabrics.

Once the functional requirements for the new showroom / office were met, Paul and Lee faced the difficult job of selecting materials and finishes that would not only demonstrate a wide variety of possible finishes but would also coordinate with one another. The result is a sophisticated mix of finishes such as African Mahogany, American Cherry in a custom finish, Walnut, Heirloom Cherry in a Black aged finish, environmentally green finishes such as engineered Maple Strias and bamboo, as well as countertop materials in engineered stones, granite, marble, butcher block and glass.

The result? A space which uses a fraction of the footprint and energy of their original offices, that feels large and spacious while crammed full of design surprises, and a space that demonstrates the power of superior interior design and renovation. Looking to book your design/renovation appointment? Paul and Lee can be reached at 604-676-1603, at their new design centre located at 5739 Collingwood Street in Vancouver, www.innovakitchens.com.

What Is Oem Auto Glass

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacture. This means that the auto glass meets the original specification for safety and quality as the glass that it came with from the factory. Auto manufacturers do not make glass. They use different auto glass manufacturers’ to make the glass for your vehicle. A “dealer” glass is the same glass the auto glass shop would have, made from the same auto glass plant, but, in the process, the auto glass manufacturer stamps the brand name, such as Toyota, or Ford, making it a “dealer.” Same exact glass, but more expensive due to the brand name.

OEM auto glass means it is essentially the same piece of glass that is installed at the time the vehicle is made with the only difference being the windshield manufacturer. OEM glass is produced from original equipment-style tooling and meets the manufacturer’s specification for safety and quality. Only OEM glass can insure proper fit and finish which greatly reduces the possibility of air or water leaks. Most importantly, only OEM glass is designed specifically to meet the safety standards necessary for protection in an accident. You should always use OEM glass to insure your safety. If you are making an insurance claim to pay for your windshield replacement, you are mostly entitled to OEM glass. You have paid for it in your policy.

There is plenty of cheap non-OEM quality after glass market out there, but saving a few dollars on a piece of glass that may or may not fit right or be of the right thickness is not worth the risk to car owners.

OEM suppliers are trusted by auto manufacturers like GM, Chrysler, Toyota, Ford, etc to provide quality controlled windshields that are a perfect match and fit for their vehicles. OEM suppliers spent hundreds of million dollars in research and development, using computer-assisted engineering and designs programs (CAE and CAD) to ensure quality windshields for their vehicles.

Each OEM windshield goes through rigorous and thorough surface contour and optical quality checks as it moves down the assembly line. Auto glass parts produced by OEM manufacturers consistently fit better and adhere to the same standards for fit and finish as the glass that is originally installed when the car is built.

The after market shops will tell you that their product is the same quality as an OEM windshield. Wrong. Non-OEM auto glass manufacturers make copies of OEM auto glass parts. These copies have to vary slightly from the OEM part due to the fact that OEM parts are patented and the designs are protected and trademarked.